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Conference Announcement: Morality and God: What's the Connection?


Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Centre for Philosophy of Religion
Loyola Hall
Heythrop College, London


10.00 Registration

10.30 ‘Moral realism and God’
Dr Fiona Ellis (Heythrop College)

11.45 Coffee

12.15 ‘Morality and the transcendent’
Professor John Cottingham (Heythrop College)

1.30 Lunch (Provided)

2.30 ‘Løgstrup’s ethical demand: religious or secular?’
Professor Robert Stern (University of Sheffield)

3.45 Coffee

4.15 ‘The tribute of faith: faith as moral gesture’,
Professor John Schellenberg (Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada)

5.30 Close


To register Please send your full name in an email to with 14 June as header, indicating your fees category (see below).

U of L faculty/students – no charge


New Paper on Collins' Fine-Tuning Argument

Saward, Mark Douglas. "Collins' Core Fine-Tuning Argument", International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming).

Here's the abstract:

Collins (The Blackwell companion to natural theology, 2009) presents an argument he calls the ‘core fine-tuning argument’. In this paper, I show that Collins’ argument is flawed in at least two ways. First, the structure, depending on likelihoods, fails to establish anything about the posterior probability of God’s existence given fine-tuning. As an argument for God’s existence, this is a serious failing. Second, his analysis of what is appropriately restricted background knowledge, combined with the credences of a specially chosen ‘alien’, do not allow him to establish the premise Pr(LPU∣NSU & k′)≪1 .

Conference Announcement: Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne

Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne
Thursday, September 25 2014 - Saturday, September 27 2014
Purdue University
United States

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” a conference to be held at Purdue University, September 25-27, 2014. Details about registration, lodging, and the schedule of events can be found online at the conference website. We encourage you to register for your hotel room soon to be sure you are able to secure the best rate and location for lodging. This conference is organized by Michael Bergmann and Jeffrey Brower and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. 
The ten main speakers at the conference will be:
- Marilyn McCord Adams, Rutgers University/Australian Catholic University
- Paul Draper, Purdue University
- Hu…

Defeasible Reasoning in Cosmological Arguments for Theism and for Naturalism


Perhaps one of the most important recent innovations with respect to cosmological arguments is the application of groundbreaking work in defeasible reasoning to the formulation of their core explanatory principles (Cf. JoshuaRasmussen and RobertKoons). Defeasible causal and explanatory principles have the following basic form: (DP) Normally, entities of type T have a cause or explanation. The "normally" operator indicates that it is a default explanatory principle. Principles of this sort may or may not have exceptions; they are general rules of thumb. From a dialectical point of view, default principles may be preferable to ordinary principles for at least two reasons: (i) they're more modest than unqualified principles, and thus easier to justify, and (ii) when justified, one can't reject the implication that they apply in the given case at stake unless one has a good reason to think that they don't in that very case; unlike unqualified principles, n…